03 Jul Michael Jack Photography
Shooting for Defining Elements in Nature, Architecture and Automobiles
The luminous photography of Michael Jack, our July Showcase Artist, filled the Stephenson House in July. His photos concentrate on landscapes, architecture and automobiles. In each area he tries to draw the viewer into the scene.
In landscape photography, his goal is to place the viewer into a position where they would enjoy standing, feeling and appreciating that spot at that time. His objective for architecture and automobiles is to capture what makes the executed design unique as intended by the designers and engineers.
Michael’s primary camera body is a Canon 5D Mark III, using a Sony A6000 as his backup and he snaps a few shots with his iPhone now and then. He uses varied amounts of post processing to enhance the purpose of the image, but aims to keep the final result realistic.
His advice to a novice photographer is not to focus on technology and equipment. Get a few good books on composition from someone like Freeman Patterson or Ian Plant. Join a photography group and ask questions. Shoot a lot. Get a basic post-processing software program such as Adobe Lightroom or Elements.
Growing up in Indiana, the Indianapolis 500 has had a big impact on Michael. His need for speed earned him a pilot’s license and a brief stint in racing. He dabbled in photography in the 1980s, concentrating mostly on airplanes and automotive racing. In the early 1990s, work demands at his job required him to choose between racing and driving events or photography. Michael chose the track and has been an instructor for high-performance driving for the past 18 years. When he retired from a Fortune 500 company seven years ago, he moved from Madison, Wis., to Fishers, Ind., and picked up photography again.
Michael participates in a number of competitions including Images of Nature at Eagle Creek and the annual competition at the Honeywell Center in Wabash. His most recent exhibit was participating in an exhibition at a gallery in Delphi.
He has also exhibited at Launch Fishers, Noblesville City Hall and the Delphi Opera House. He has received a number of awards, one of which was Best of Show at the 2011 Indiana State Fair. Michael is a member of Riviera Camera Club, Photo Venture Camera Club, Hamilton County Photographers and National Photography Enthusiast Group (NPEG).